May 8, 2019

Principal’s Message

A big, big thank you to the entire Huff community for the gestures of Huff Love for Staff Appreciation Week! Thank you for the flowers, treats, and taking over our yard supervision duties this week: it’s been awesome! Believe it or not, we don’t go into education for the chocolate, but it definitely doesn’t hurt! Please know that we feel the same way about your daily support across many realms at Huff, from volunteering in the classroom to chaperoning field trips, from helping out with special events to supporting our PTA with donations. It takes a village, and we’re glad we are part of this one.

In this issue

State testing
Middle school electives selection
Spring pictures
Volunteer opportunity: Field Day
Right at School - new before and after school program
Hawkfest: planning, karaoke
Chess tournament
Free Summer Meals
Spanish interpreters needed
MVWSD Parent U
Summer camps
Bike-themed Thursday night live
District calendar for 2019-20
Upcoming dates
Flyers and attachments

State testing continues this week

Students in grades 3-5 are in the midst of taking the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). This set of standardized tests includes a English Language Arts assessment and a Mathematics assessment. Fifth graders will also take the California Science Test. Families, please check the school calendar for specific dates and avoid taking out-of-town trips or scheduling morning medical, dental, or other appointments during the testing window. More detailed information to come in the following weeks.

Electives selection for grades 5-7 opens at 4 pm on May 1

It is the time of year when our incoming middle school students (grades 5-7) choose their electives courses for next year. All 5th-7th graders should select their course electives online by May 10, 2019 through the PowerSchool portal.

Parents, please look for an email in your inbox from April 26 with links to course catalogs and directions. Please talk with your student and then log in to your PowerSchool portal account (either student’s or parent’s) to help your student select his/her electives. If you have difficulty with PowerSchool, please contact your school secretary. If you need help, please call or visit your school office or attend the registration support time on Thursday, May 2 from 3-4 pm, and 6-7:30 pm; and Coffee with the Counselor on Friday, May 3, 8-9 am. More information at

Spring Pictures from LifeTouch were distributed the week of Open House.

Please ask your child for the package if they have not already given it to you. If you want to purchase any or all of the pictures, fill out the Payment Form and enclose the money. Please return the Payment Envelope to the office along with any pictures you do NOT want, keeping the ones you are paying for. If you do not want ANY of the pictures, return the entire package to the office. Payment and/or pictures are due to the office by Friday, May 10, 2019.

Volunteer Opportunity: Field Day, May 20

Our annual PE Field Day will take place from 8:00 to 9:40 a.m. on Monday, May 20. This is an annual event and the kids absolutely love it. We will, however, need parent volunteers to help us move the kids from activity to activity. Each class will need at least two parent volunteers. Look for a Konstella or email message in your inbox to sign up soon! Thank you so much for your help.

On-campus before- and afterschool care programs registering students now

We know that finding reliable, high-quality, affordable childcare is a challenge for many of our families and staff members. Increasing these offerings at our schools to meet demand has been a priority for MVWSD. On campus, our schools host several long-standing programs -- Beyond the Bell and the YMCA Silicon Valley Before and Aftercare -- in addition to a new one planned to open this fall, Right at School.

Right at School is a fee-based, nationally-recognized before- and afterschool program held every day that school is in session, from 6:30 AM until 6 PM, plus drop-in and school break care. It is planned for all MVWSD schools, including middle schools and the new Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary. Right at School presents experiential two-week science enrichment curriculum units, such as “Icky Experiments,” “Page to Stage,” and “Young Detectives.” The program incorporates physical movement, outdoor time and homework completion. It offers 10% sibling discount, 25% discount for free and reduced lunch families and flexible 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 day pricing options.

A parent information meeting for the new Right at School program has been scheduled at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7 in the Graham Middle School multi-use room (1175 Castro St.). This meeting will help answer any questions you have about the program. The meeting is not mandatory. You may also go to for registration and this webpage for information and fees.

HAWKFEST is Friday, May 17, but planning starts now!

Hawkfest is our year-end 'school carnival' with games, crafts, entertainment, food and fun for the whole family! We still need a few volunteers to help with things like planning food, entertainment, classroom activity planning and vendor management . Check out our sign-up sheet on Konstella to pitch in and make it another great Hawkfest.

Karaoke is coming to Hawkfest!

Huff Dad, DJ Purple, will be helping coordinate awesome karaoke fun at Hawkfest this year. We would love to have large groups of students, families, or individuals join us to sing their favorite tunes! Please sign up in the main office by Friday, May 10 with your song request. Any questions? Email

Register Today for the Mountain View School District Chess Tournament!

Registration for the 16th Annual MVWSD Interscholastic Chess Tournament is now open at The tournament will be held Sunday, May 19, 2019, at Monta Loma, from 11:30-5:00. Parent volunteers are needed before, during, and after the tournament. There is no entry fee due to sponsorship from Google. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Huff parent Micah Merrick at Thanks!


MVEF, together with numerous educational foundations throughout the Bay Area, is recognizing May 9 as a day to Stand Up for Public Schools. Our public schools are integral to the development of our future leaders and citizens, and their excellence is dependent on every child, at every school, having access to a competitive, well-rounded education.

If you have not donated this school year to MVEF, please consider doing so today. Your child has access to art, music, science, field trips, athletics and more thanks to parents like you who generously donate. CodeRev has committed to matching $1000 for first-time donations this May. Help us reach our annual goal to raise $750,0000 to get this matching donation, and support your child and every child.

Free Summer Meals

MVWSD is partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank to provide FREE summer meals to children, 18 years old and younger, as well as senior citizens. The summer meals program reaches children who need good nutrition when school is out of session. Last year, MVWSD served almost 60,000 summer meals.

Locations, dates and times are:

Theuerkauf School - 1625 San Luis Ave.
June 14 – July 12. Closed July 4, 5
Breakfast 7:30- 8:30 a.m.
Lunch 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Castro Park - 1795 Latham St.
June 17- Aug. 2, Closed July 4, 5
Lunch only 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Rengstorff Park - 210 South Rengstorff Ave.
June 17 - Aug. 2, Closed July 4, 5
Lunch only – 12:00pm – 1:30pm
* Senior meals available for free at this site.

Please spread the word to all who may benefit from a FREE meal, For information, call 650-903-6965 ext. 1223 or visit

Spanish Interpreters Needed

JOB TITLE: Spanish Interpreters

RATE OF PAY: $25.00/hour

Must be available for written translations and in person interpretation of parent meetings during the school year and night events. All applicants will participate in a screening process that includes written and oral evaluation of Spanish and English skills. Applicants must have extensive vocabulary in both language. Please contact Arline Siam at or call 650-526-3500 X1028 for more information.

MV Parent U presents “Media in the Middle: Parenting in the Age of Technology and Social Media.”

When: Wednesday, May 8, 6:30-8 PM, Graham Middle School multi-use room.

Presenters: My digital TAT2. Gloria Moskowitz-Sweet, PPSC, LCSW was a university lecturer for 20 years and has over 30 years of experience as a school social worker, specializing in the social emotional well being of children and teens.

Topics include:

  • The evolving digital landscape and current trends
  • Emotional and psychological responses to technology and social media
  • Responding to challenging issues, such as techno-perfection, digital distraction, and sleep
  • Strategies to engage your child with constructive conversation and promote media balance for the entire family


  • Interpretation (Spanish support)
  • Child care
  • Live streaming on the internet at
  • Transportation (Bus departs from Crittenden Middle School at 6 p.m. and Castro Elementary at 6:15 p.m. and returns at 8:30 p.m.)
  • Raffle prizes!!!

Please register here

SELPA 1 CAC - Last meeting

SELPA 1 CAC will be holding their last meeting of the school year on May 23 at 9:30 in the MVLA Board Room at 1299 Bryant St, Mountain View. Please come and find out more about what we are planning for special education related events next year, and take part in our election. Our website is

Looking for Summer Camps?

Summer is around the corner! Here's a time-saving way for parents to find local and affordable summer camps for your kids. Click here for a FREE list of programs: InPlay is a non-profit working with MVWSD and Santa Clara County to offer you a free online search service with hundreds of local after-school/summer camp programs. Attached is a flyer. If you have any questions or need help with using the site contact:

Bike-Themed Thursday Night Live - August 1, 2019

Over the summer, the City of Mountain View will hold a bike-themed Thursday Night Live on August 1, 2019, which features a community-wide bike safety rodeo. Join us in downtown Mountain View and spread the word to your school community. More information can be found at

New, updated District calendar

Please click here for the updated 2019-20 District calendar. This version, with the approval date of March 21, 2019 at the bottom, aligns spring break with Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District and eliminates a recess day initially planned for October.

Upcoming dates

Wed., May 8, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. - MV Parent U - The Age of Technology & Social Media
Mon., May 13, 3:00 p.m. - Huff School Site Council
Tue., May 14, 4:00 p.m. - The Frog Prince - theatre performance (by PYT after school drama club) - in MUR (free)
Thu., May 16, 8:00 a.m. - PTA General Meeting
Thu., May 16, 6:00 p.m. - 5th Grade Band Concert
Fri., May 17, 5:00 p.m. - Hawkfest
Mon., May 20, 8:00 a.m. - Field Day
Fri., May 24, 7:30 a.m. - Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast
Fri., May 24 - MINIMUM DAY - End of 3rd Trimester
Mon., May 27 - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day
Wed., Jun. 5, 8:15 a.m. - 5th Grade Graduation
Fri., Jun. 7 - MINIMUM DAY - Last day of school

***To learn how to add the Huff calendar to your personal calendar, click here.***

Flyers and Attachments

May Lunch Menu

Submitting blurbs for the Huff n Stuff

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